Sussex Master Gardener workshops feature hostas, insect safari

August 7, 2013 under Cooperative Extension

Fritillary Butterfly in the GardenSussex County Master Gardeners will offer two workshops in August. On Tuesday, Aug. 13 at 1 p.m., Master Gardener Vickie Thompson will conduct a workshop on hostas.  Learn about these easy-to-grow, shade-loving perennials known for their beautiful foliage.  See examples of several different colors, sizes and leaf styles. Also, become familiar with the many uses for this plant in containers and in the landscape. There will be information on how to plant and care for hostas and what to do when insects or disease attack.

Grownups, kids and grandkids will enjoy the workshop scheduled for Thursday, Aug. 22 at 10 a.m., entitled “You Just Have To Look for Butterflies and Other Interesting Creatures in the Garden.”  A lively presentation and a storyteller will lead up to a jungle safari through the Master Gardeners Demonstration Garden. Bring the children or come by yourself.

Both workshops will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, Del. Participants must pre-register by contacting Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544.

These workshops are free. Come early or stay late to enjoy the Demonstration Garden behind the building.

For more information on gardening in Delaware, visit Cooperative Extension’s Lawn and Garden website.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. It is Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

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Summer Soybean Tour for Delaware Soybean Farmers

August 9, 2012 under Cooperative Extension

Delaware soybean farmers and farm managers can get the latest soybean production updates by attending Delaware’s Soybean Field Day on August 22. The event will highlight research at two University of Delaware farms.

The Delaware Soybean Board, national soy checkoff and the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension invite soybean farmers in Delaware to attend this free event. The tour starts at noon with a complimentary lunch at the University of Delaware’s Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center (REC).

Lunch includes welcoming remarks from Kevin Evans, Chairman, Delaware Soybean Board; Ed Kee, Delaware Department of Agriculture Secretary; Mark Isaacs, Ph.D., Director of Carvel REC and Michelle Rodgers, Ph.D., Associate Dean, University of Delaware Extension.

Immediately following lunch, participants will split into two groups. One group will remain at Carvel REC while the other tours the Warrington Irrigation Research Farm. The groups will rotate at 3:30 p.m., allowing participants to experience each farm. Highlights of the tours will include new irrigated soybean research, as well as new information on insects, weeds and diseases. Certified Crop Advisor credits will be available.

“This will be a great opportunity for farmers to interact with soybean researchers and others involved in Delaware soybean production,” said Cory Whaley, agriculture extension agent at Carvel REC. “We hope to have a great day of education and fellowship.”

To view a complete agenda, visit http://sites.udel.edu/carvelnews/de-soybean-tour/.  Register by August 15, through Carvel REC by contacting Karen Adams at (302) 856-2585 or by email at adams@udel.edu, or through the Delaware Soybean Board by eFax at (302) 264-8638 or at www.desoybeans.org.

The 69 farmer-directors of USB oversee the investments of the soy checkoff to maximize profit opportunities for all U.S. soybean farmers. These volunteers invest and leverage checkoff funds to increase the value of U.S. soy meal and oil, to ensure U.S. soybean farmers and their customers have the freedom and infrastructure to operate, and to meet the needs of U.S. soy’s customers. As stipulated in the federal Soybean Promotion, Research and Consumer Information Act, the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service has oversight responsibilities for USB and the soy checkoff.

For more information on the United Soybean Board, visit www.UnitedSoybean.org

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Sussex County Master Gardeners offer Livable Lawn workshop

July 18, 2012 under CANR News, Cooperative Extension

The Sussex County Master Gardeners are pleased to invite the public to a workshop entitled ‘Livable Lawns’ on Monday, July 30, at Noon. The goal of the Delaware Livable Lawns initiative is simple – reduce fertilizer and pesticide runoff from lawns. This workshop will provide the necessary information needed to maintain a healthy, beautiful lawn while partnering in the protection of the environment. Delaware Cooperative Extensions Associate, Valann Budischak is the presenter.

The workshop will be held at the Elbert N. and Ann V. Carvel Research and Education Center, 16483 County Seat Highway, Georgetown, Delaware. The workshop is free. Please pre-register by contacting Tammy Schirmer at 302-856-2585, ext 544, tammys@udel.edu. Or visit the Carvel Research and Education Center website.

Master Gardeners are working volunteers and are supported by Delaware Cooperative Extension through the University of Delaware and Delaware State University Extension offices. It is Delaware Cooperative Extension’s policy that that no person shall be subjected to discrimination on the grounds of race, creed, color, sex, age, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, veteran or handicap status. If you have special needs that need to be accommodated, please contact the office two weeks prior to the event.

Photo by Bobbie Ranney

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